Admissions 2018

Admissions – September 2018

From 2018-19 the Published Admission Number for Great Sankey High School will be 375 in Year 7, 315 in Year 8 and 315 in year 9 and 315 in year 10 and 300 in year 11.

Admissions to Great Sankey High School for Y6 pupils who wish to apply to join us in 2018-19 are the responsibility of Warrington Borough Council. It provides guidance which can be found by following the links on this page.

The arrangements for Warrington community schools for academic year 2017-18 have now been determined and are to the same as the previous year.

There are no partnering arrangements for primary schools to community secondary schools with the exception of:

  • Hollins Green CE Primary School to Culcheth High School
  • Burtonwood Community Primary School to Great Sankey High School


The determined admission arrangements for academic year 2017-18 AND 2018-19 for Great Sankey High School are as follows:


Oversubscription criteria are used to establish an order of priority for allocation purposes when the number of applications for places at a school is greater that the number of places available.

Children who have a statement of special educational needs will be admitted to the school named in the statement over and above the published oversubscription criteria.

The oversubscription criteria for Great Sankey High School will be published in the parents’ guide as follows:

  1. Children in care and children formerly in care.
  2. Siblings (pupils with Older brothers or sisters already attending the preferred school and expected to continue at the school in the following school year (including students in Barrowhall College). This includes full, half or step brothers and sisters and foster brothers and sisters who are living at the same address as part of the same family unit).
  3. Children for whom it is essential to be admitted to Great Sankey High School Academy because of special circumstances to do with significant medical needs. The recommendation must be received in writing from a consultant at an NHS hospital or equivalent.  This criterion relates to the child’s medical needs and does not include any other member of the child’s family.  The supporting evidence should set out the particular reasons Great Sankey High School  is the most suitable school and difficulties that would be caused if the child had to attend another school.
  4. Pupils attending Burtonwood Community Primary School.
  5. Pupils living nearest to the school defined as a direct distance from the child’s permanent place of residence to the school, measured using a Geographical Information Address Point system based on the Local Land and Property Gazetteer. This measures straight line distances from the address point of the permanent place of residence to the address point of the school, (in miles).


Where a school reaches its published admission number from pupils within one of the categories listed above those pupils to be admitted from within that category will be those whose permanent place of residence is closest to the school as defined in oversubscription criterion five.

The Academy Trust at the school has agreed to follow the Council’s scheme for all admissions to the school for academic year 2017-18. The school may decide to review its arrangements for admissions to the school in September 2018. In this case information will be made available as to consultation for a period of eight weeks between 1st November 2016 and 1st March 2017. For access to these schemes, please refer to the Council’s website.


After the publication of the new appeals code in February, it is now a statutory requirement for all admission authorities to set a timetable in relation to the appeals process. Furthermore, this timetable must be published on the website by 28 February each year. The appeals timetable for all admission authorities within Warrington is set out on the Council’s website.


In addition to the right of appeal, unsuccessful candidates will be offered the opportunity to be placed on a waiting list, which will be maintained throughout the year, in order of the over-subscription criteria and not in the order in which applications are received.

Warrington Local Authority’s In Year Fair Access Protocol will take precedence over Waiting Lists where applicable.

This means that a child’s position on the list can go down as well as up, depending upon the child’s circumstances and those of other applicants.   The Waiting List will be closed each year and will not roll over.  Parents wishing to stay on the Waiting List will be required to submit a request to school to


Anyone considering applying for a place in Barrow Hall College should obtain a copy of the College Prospectus. Admission criteria are published annually. Each applicant has an individual guidance interview to make informed decisions about suitable courses before a place is offered.

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